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Belgian Pale Ale - 5.4% abv
Originally a 2013 collaboration with our friends Anders Kissmeyer (Kissmeyer Beer and Brewing Project, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Yvan de Baets (Brasserie de la Senne, Brussels, Belgium), who joined us to brew a Nordic history-inspired pale ale using oats and gruit herbs. We were also inspired by our good friend, local farmer Andy Carbone, to incorporate locally grown, sweet timothy and alfalfa hay which also bears some historical precedence. Using a grain bill of malted and flaked oats plus pale and Munich malts, the hay was added to the mash in hopes it would lend a subtle fresh grassiness. Hops are kept to a minimum, adding balance to yarrow and heather flowers, both of which were often used in Nordic brewing traditions. Local wildflower honey from Merrimack Valley Apiaries adds sweet floral and spicy herbal notes as well. With a focus on its refreshing floral and herbal notes and a creaminess to the body of this beer it exhibits a richness and smooth palate that makes this complex but delicate beer very quaffable, with a very dry finish. Hey, baby, hay!